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A provocative headline suggested beef between first lady Melania Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary Clinton furious at ‘special gift’ Melania Trump sent her from her hospital bed," said a May 17 headline on Any Politics, a website crowded with clickbait headlines.
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Trump underwent kidney surgery to treat a benign condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 14. But there is no credible reporting to suggest she sent any gifts while at the hospital, nor that they sparked Clinton’s indignation.
Another blog post claimed that President Donald Trump was planning to donate his kidney to his wife. That story was also made up.
The story provides no evidence of the gift, and no major news outlets reported anything about it.
The story did, however, get something right: the popularity of Melania as a baby name. The name came in fifth among the fastest-growing girls’ names, leaping from spot 1,650 in 2016 to 930 in 2017, according to Social Security data.
But that doesn’t support the ridiculous headline.
We rate this statement Pants on Fire!
Jumboreport.com, Hillary Clinton Furious At ‘Special Gift’ Melania Trump Sent Her From Her Hospital Bed, May 17, 2018
WhiteHouse.gov, Statement from the Communications Director about First Lady Melania Trump, May 14, 2018
Twitter, @realDonaldTrump tweet, May 14, 2018
Twitter, @FLOTUS tweet, May 14, 2018
Huffington Post, Melania Is One Of The Fastest Rising Baby Names For Girls, May 11, 2018
PolitiFact, No, Donald Trump isn't donating his kidney to Melania, May 17, 2018
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